Super-charged smart textile can multi-task

June 12th, 2023

Scientists have developed a simple metallic coating treatment for clothing or wearable textiles which can repair itself, repel bacteria from the wearer and even monitor a person’s electrocardiogram (ECG) heart signals.  The fabric becomes conductive when coated with a special 'breathable' metallic layer. Photo: Flinders University Researchers from North Carolina State University, South Korea and […]

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Smart fabric responds to both temperature and electricity

May 22nd, 2023

Researchers at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada, say that a new smart fabric is the first to change both color and shape in response to two different stimuli. Inexpensively made with polymer nanocomposite fibers from recycled plastic, the material is activated by both heat and electricity and is programmable.  The unique design paves […]

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Helping the body heal itself 

March 27th, 2023

The health and wellness market has been among the first to embrace advances in smart yarns and to take advantage of the versatility of engineered textiles. Supreme Corp., a producer of high-tech textiles and electrically conductive yarn and sewing thread, has now created a revolutionary fabric called Thermoregulating Therapeutic Smart Fabric (TTSF), which it says […]

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Scientists weave fabric that can heat and cool

February 27th, 2023

Academics at Shinshu University in Japan report that they have developed a new method of integrating phase change materials (PCMs) within fabrics that could heat and cool the wearer depending on the environment.  Hideaki Morikawa, corresponding author of an article published in ACS Nano, told The Indian Express, “This fabric can potentially be used as a […]

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Supreme Corp. recognized as a top ten provider in wearables

August 22nd, 2022

Conductive yarn and smart textiles developer Supreme Corp., Hickory, N.C., has been named a 2022 Top 10 Wearable Technology Solutions Provider by Applied Technology Review. Additionally, the company and CEO Matt Kolmes are featured as the cover story of the July 2022 issue of the publication, which reports progress made with the capabilities of its sensor-embedded smart yarn to measure vital signs […]

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New problems, new solutions

November 8th, 2021

OPT Industries creates a range of custom-designed products from a single polymer 3D printing process. Photo: OPT Industries.  Addressing the challenges of scaling up for e-textiles and other novel materials.  by Janet Preus “We still have the post-development valley of death,” says Clare King, president of Propel LLC. Her company has been involved in developing […]

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Flexible photovoltaics

October 25th, 2021

Graphene is being used in new flexible photovoltaic technologies.  President Biden’s climate agenda includes support for solar energy. by Seshadri Ramkumar The climate change issue is front and center on today’s political stage. The massive budget bill proposed by President Biden includes a climate agenda, which has also thrown a spotlight on the subject. In […]

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Nextiles launches smart fabric software development kit

July 26th, 2021

Photo: Nextiles. Textile manufacturing startup Nextiles is launching a Software Development Kit (SDK) that will allow a variety of industries to have access to their novel human movement analytics captured through Nextiles’ smart fabric. The company blends traditional sewing techniques with printed circuit boards to create a smart fabric that allows for biomechanic and biometric […]

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Engineers create a programmable fiber

June 28th, 2021

Researchers at MIT have created the first fiber with digital capabilities, able to sense, store, analyze and infer activity after being sewn into a shirt. The digital fiber contains memory, temperature sensors and a trained neural network program for inferring physical activity, according to a report from the MIT news service.  Yoel Fink, professor of […]

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Partnerships in smart textile products

November 23rd, 2020

Dr.Gozde Goncu Berk, UC Davis, has designed a therapeutic glove for rheumatoid arthritis patients to alleviate pain and help to correct deformation of the fingers. Photo: UC Davis, Dr.Gozde Goncu Berk.  The second week of IFAI Virtual Expo 2020 advanced textiles educational sessions began with a presentation that illustrated the importance of collaboration. “Smart textiles […]

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